The Story of Shammgod

The Shammgod was a popular crossover move in basketball. It was first spotted way back 1980 from Danko Cvjetićanin also known as El Killer del Perimetro. He was a player from Croatia and a 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist.

But the Yugoslavian forward Dejan Bodiroga is credited by popularizing the move.

Bodiroga was drafted 51st overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 1995 NBA Rookie Draft, but he decided to stay in Europe. He is considered one of the greatest basketball players to never play in the NBA.

El Latigo was Bodiroga’s signature move or the “The Whip” in english.

The name “Shammgod” was came from God Shammgod when he made it as his trademark move.


Shammgod was a 6’0 guard from New York City. He was drafted 45th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 1997 NBA Rookie Draft and just play two seasons for the team; and decided to move on to play internationally.

He used the move while playing for the Providence College in the NCAA Tournament.

Manu Ginobili was the first to use the move in the NBA regularly.


Chris Paul does the Shammgod against the Memphis Grizzlies.


Kyrie Irving also does it against the Boston Celtics.


Tracy McGrady also does it, this time not in the NBA, but in the CBA against Yi Jianlian.


And finally, kids have begun to take notice.



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